Published On: Sun, Jul 7th, 2013

Ye Meng Yuan and Wang Lin Jia, two teen students from China, identified as two killed in SF plane crash

Federal investigators were examining the cockpit voice recorder and black box data recorder from Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco International Sunday, a day after the crash that killed two 16-year-old students from China and seriously injured 49 other victims.

Ye Meng Yuan and Wang Lin Jia, on a summer educational trip from Jiangshan City, China, were killed in the crash, according to airline officials.

SF plane crash CaliforniaThey apparently were sitting in the back of the Boeing 777 when it slammed hard into the ground just short of the runway, bounced in the air and crashed.

In South Korea, company officials ruled out engine trouble as the cause of the crash and said that two veterans were piloting the plane at the time.

San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said Sunday that the preliminary investigation found that the plane’s pilot had clearance to land. He said the plane was on the runway when it hit the back end and started to break apart.

One of the teenagers was apparently ejected at that time and her body was recovered on the runway, near the wreckage of the tail section of the plane. The second girl was found about 30 feet west of the plane, near the left wing, some distance from the tail section.

“We are going to do our examination of the victims today – hopefully we’ll get some questions about what happened,” Foucrault said.

Another two victims suffered road rash after apparently being ejected from the plane, saidMargaret Knudson, chief of surgery as San Francisco General Hospital, where they were being treated. Knudson said the patients, who were not identified, were paralyzed in the crash.

There was no immediate indication of what caused the crash, but FBI Special Agent David Johnson said it did not appear to have been a terrorist act or criminal act.

Of the 307 passengers and crew members aboard, 182 were transported to area hospitals, officials said. San Francisco General received 53 of them, Knudson said. Nineteen remained at the hospital Sunday. Six patients, including one child, were in the intensive care unit in critical condition; another 13 were in serious or fair condition.

Most of the injured had large abdominal injuries, including visible imprints of seat belts, and there were “huge amounts of spinal fractures,” Knudson said.

“We have several spines that are snapped,” she said.

Photo: video coverage – http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/07/07/boeing-777-crashes-at-san-francisco-international-airport/

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  1. Two girls killed in SFO crash headed to church camp, one may have been run over by rescue team - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] to the Los Angeles Times, “The two victims, Wang Lin Jia and Ye Meng Yuan, were among 35 teenagers who had been scheduled to arrive at the West Valley Christian […]

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